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About (Late) Last Night: Stephen Colbert, Oprah crash 'The Daily Show' [video]

October 15, 2010 |  7:33 am
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear Announcement


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Rally to Restore Sanity

There isn't a much more exciting surprise guest for a "Daily Show" audience than when Stephen Colbert stops by unannounced, as he did last night. For him to be upstaged takes a monumental celebrity appearance like, say, Oprah Winfrey, who not only showed her face via video screen, but presented the entire audience with one of her trademark lavish gifts. For once, Jon Stewart happily took the back seat.

First to pop in was Colbert. "So, what do you want?" Stewart asked. "You didn't get a rally permit, did you?" he joked. He was referring to the Comedy Central pair's concurrent events planned for Oct. 30 in Washington -- Stewart's Rally to Restore Sanity and Colbert's March to Keep Fear Alive. Both are semi-ironic reactions to Fox News host Glenn Beck's Restoring Honor rally and an all-around batty election season. And so as if to match the still rising madness of the political climate, Colbert and Stewart announced that their two events would become one: The Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear. The audience was eating it up, and both hosts were giddy. Then the screen behind their heads lighted up.

"Hi, Stephen," Oprah cooed from the video screen. The third host, most popular of all, reminded Stewart that when he was on her show, they discussed her audience's all-expense-paid trip to Australia. Stewart complained that his audience never gets anything. "That made me feel just a little bit sad," said Oprah. "So, I know that you have this huge event coming up, and I'm really excited about it, because I think we need a little bit more sanity in the world."

"I had my staff sneak into your studio early this morning with a little gift," Oprah teased. "Look under your seats!" The entire audience pulled a red envelope from beneath the seats.

"You're going to the rally! You're going to the rally! You're going to the rally!" Oprah cried, in a relatively reserved burst of self-mockery. "Now get out there and restore some sanity!" Stewart kicked his feet up on the desk and sat smugly. "I've got to say, Jon, your rally is supposed to be about sanity and that was insane," said Colbert. For Oprah, it was just another day at the office.

-- Joe Coscarelli


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